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May 31, 2018

It rained

Woke to a mist of rain yesterday, long enough for puddles (and wet dogs) but light enough for flowers to collect individual drops.

proof of rain

may rain!

it sort of kind of rained a little

May 30, 2018

It's Puppy Wednesday!

the non-stop game of mouth

Daisy not only outweighs Walt, she's more solidly built, and with a lower center of gravity. But Walt's the better tactician (and they both really love this game) so their slow-motion wrestling match remains open-ended, continuing day after day without ever reaching a decisive conclusion.

May 28, 2018


It turns out that this year there are three siblings in the hawk's nest.

hawk's nest in santa monica mtns


May 27, 2018

Still May, still gray

marine layer begins to lift

As the marine layer lifts and the clouds retreat there's suddenly more room for light and the colors begin to come back.

May 26, 2018


A couple of fly-bys over the ball fields of Bluffs Park last weekend, then gone.

plane towing the banner


May 25, 2018

Another new family

Lately it seems like a new flotilla of ducklings makes its debut every few days.

another batch of ducklings

May 22, 2018

It never gets old

paradise cove evening

Evening comes to Paradise Cove.

May 21, 2018

Color craving


Several weeks into May Gray (and with June Gloom still tk) the need for bright colors comes over you.

May 20, 2018

Miss Daisy


Here's the baby Labrador using the power of her mind to (successfully) move dinner time up by five minutes.

May 19, 2018

Signs of Saturday: Bonus material

The back of a traffic sign on the median at Trancas Road:

roadside reading

...continues to be popular with sticker artists 14 months later.

rogue signs

May 18, 2018


solstice canyon secret trail

Headed up a favorite trail in Solstice Canyon yesterday, not the crowded superhighway to the ruins but a shorter walk, wooded and green with an abundant canopy and constant birdsong. It's a little weird because for the second day in a row we come across a drift of hawk feathers, torn up enough to show that something bad happened. But that's the natural world, really, something bad is always happening to someone, and we walk on.

We've just cleared a few fallen logs, reached the bend in the trail where the canyon closes in and the sky tightens up when suddenly there's a scream from the stream bed below. It's high and shrill and arcs through an octave, the top notes still there as the low notes chime in. Thank goodness the dogs stay when I tell them to.

It's not easy to do the recommended retreat, slow and steady, don't show your back, but we manage it. There's another scream but from further away so no, we're not being followed.

At home later, the cougar cries I find online sound a lot like what we just heard. The dogs stare at the computer, on high alert, not at all happy.

May 17, 2018

Vanishing point

After days and days of morning gray, a (brief, I hope) change in the weather.

bluff parks morning

May 16, 2018

Do these genes make me look golden?

It's duckling season at the various streams and ponds here at the coast and every once in a while, a surprise arrival.

one of these is not like the others

May 15, 2018

Tiny flowers

tiny flower

There are plenty of wildflowers that are brighter or fancier or showier, but these tiny purple ones, their faces the size of a pomegranate seed, are among my favorites.

May 14, 2018

They grow up so fast

I want to say that it's going to be all hawk chicks, all the time, but the truth is they're growing so quickly that before you know it, it'll be sad sighs and a photo of an empty nest.

they grow up so fast

two baby hawks!

Morning marine layer

morning marine layer

Lately, the mornings here begin like this.

May 12, 2018

Signs of Saturday: Bu who?

we can't lose? world class lounge?

World-class lounge? We can't lose?

May 11, 2018

Two hawk chicks!

a (bumpy) minute with the baby hawks

Not the steadiest video but still fun to see the hawk chicks biding their time while the parents are gone.

May 10, 2018


The dogs and wild parrots and coveys of quail, the finches and crows and squirrels, the lizards and bees and coyotes and dragonflies were all busy with important tasks, but for me at that moment, as the breeze shifted and the sun slanted through it was all pure, tender, just-for-a-moment spring green.

tender green

May 9, 2018

Oh baby!

I just want to camp out and watch the comings and goings of the fierce adults as they care for their fluffy and fuzzy little brood.

parent and child

on guard

baby hawk

May 8, 2018

Hello, May gray

black and white in color

When it comes to color, the marine layer acts like a mute button.

May 7, 2018

The fade

rains end and colors shift

Spring green makes its annual retreat as the rains (what there was of them) end and summer heat edges in.

May 6, 2018

Vanishing act

morning fog retreats

Stop! Don't! Come back! (Seriously, please come back.)

May 5, 2018

Signs of Saturday: lol

for the discerning gardener

Green Thumb, the best garden center you may not know about, helps you live your best life.

May 4, 2018

The classics

When all else fails, the edge of the continent and an endless horizon.

blue on blue

May 3, 2018

tbt: Coming soon

Malibu La Paz

Eleven years later and it's still not 'soon'.

Throwback Thursday
Vacant lot in Malibu
Taken on April 5, 2007

May 2, 2018

It's Puppy Wednesday!

coyote alert!

The world-famous Coyote Alert Network in action.

May 1, 2018

More dogs, more ocean, and more green

happy dogs

The headline says it all.

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